March 2022 WKL Breakfast: David Lee, Executive Director, New Growth at Cox Communications
About this event
Web3 – What does it mean for finance, ownership, and society?
Every few years, there is something that everyone positively thinks is going to change the world. Sometimes it’s nothing but hype. But sometimes, there is real change that flips over half the tables in the dining room. What is the case with Web3? (and what the heck is it anyway? ) Will it be as important as browsers, smartphones, cloud computing, and machine learning? Or is it something that fade into unmet potential like torrenting, web portals, or virtual reality? At the center of Web3 is the broad adoption and application of blockchain-based decentralized systems. Cryptocurrencies appear here to stay. NFTs are fascinating mania. But what comes next, and where might it all end up?
David is part of a nimble team that is developing the next generation of businesses for Cox Communications. His current focus is on improving supply chains through thoughtful applications of IoT, computer vision, and machine learning.
His career is largely centered on activating new and emerging technologies and bringing to life innovative ways of working inside of large corporations. He was the very first VP for Innovation & New Ventures at UPS and founded the Innovation Programs team at SunTrust Bank (now Truist). He started his career in the emerging technology lab at Bank of America (and helped to make it so that ATMs stopped asking you what language you wanted at every use). Since then, he and his teams have designed and orchestrated programs to unleash the creatives talents of thousands of employees across a few continents. The result was the launch of several dozen new products, capabilities, and internal startup companies – mostly from giving people a platform for turning their ideas into real working solutions.
He strongly believes that as business leaders, it’s our responsibility to create environments that allow people to bring more of their talents and capabilities to the workplace. His TED talk “How Jobs of the Future Won’t Feel Like Work” has more than 2 million views and was one of the Top 15 most watched TED talks of 2017.
David earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He lives in Atlanta with his partner Jennifer, who is a professor of History, and their two young boys.